John & Ruby Klemin


Our church started out in 1960 as a branch Sunday School of the First United Pentecostal church on NE Killingsworth, pastored by Rev. and Mrs. Klemin. As a Sunday School branch, the families met just on Sunday mornings in an old farmer’s grange hall on 102nd and SE Stark. Later on, a mid-week service was added.

George & Verna Sponsler


When the Sunday School branch was ready to become an autonomous church,  Rev. George Sponsler received a call from Rev. Klemin asking him to come back to pastor the church.  He accepted the invitation and the family moved back to Portland in the summer of 1965.  Upon Bro. Sponsler’s installation, he decided to name the church the Neighborhood United Pentecostal Church.  

Fellowship Hall of Current Building


Eventually, the grange hall was sold and the church had to move.  The new location was near 80th and SE Stark.  It stayed there a few years until the present day property was purchased and a building was started. 


The foundation of the first part of our church was poured on a very cold Labor Day in 1967.  God graciously blessed with one miracle after another until the building was completed.  

George & Virginia Sponsler


In 1994, Bro. George Sponsler needed help to meet all the demands of a growing congregation.  After praying about it, his son, Rev. Michael Sponsler was contacted.  The decision was made and Rev. Michael Sponsler would become the new pastor of the Neighborhood United Pentecostal church.   Bro. George Sponsler would be the pastor emeritus. 

Mike & Miriam Sponsler


In February of 1995 Rev. Michael Sponsler, George Sponsler's son, became the new pastor of the Neighborhood United Pentecostal church.   

In the summer of 1995, Pastor Mike Sponsler and his wife Miriam opened a Christian school at the church.  It was called the Neighborhood Christian Academy. 


In 1998, Pastor Sponsler felt led to change the church’s name to the Apostolic Worship Center.  The school’s name changed to the Apostolic Christian Academy.


Ted & Georgia Graves


In 2005, God began to deal with Bro. & Sis. Mike Sponsler about returning to the foreign mission field. It was during the school’s Student Convention in May that the Lord told Bro. Mike that our guest speaker that year was to be our new pastor. His name was Ted Graves. 

The Lord began working out all of the details that summer and Rev. Ted Graves became the new pastor of AWC in December of 2005.


In December 2015, Apostolic Worship Center celebrated 50 years as an autonomous church, and 10 years with Pastor Ted Graves. God continues to do great things at AWC!